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Patrolman James H. Johnson | Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee


James H. Johnson

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, July 21, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman Johnson was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a home for a report of disorderly conduct at 2300 hours. Once at the home, Patrolman Johnson took a man and woman to the man's car to question them while his partner questioned more people inside the home. As Patrolman Johnson began to search the car the male suspect produced a handgun and shot him three times. His partner attempted to return fire but a female in the home grabbed his arm, preventing him from taking aim. The suspect was apprehended the following day and eventually convicted of murder.

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Officer Johnson was my great-grandfather, and I am very proud of his service to Nashville. My grandmother was just a young girl when he was killed, but she remembered it well. Thank you for this forum to remember all fallen officers.

Brad Pemberton
April 5, 2012


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